As we are just over five weeks away from this marquee event, some of the heavy-hitting Open stars have given fans a glimpse into their contest prep progress.
The Men’s Open Landscape
The Men’s Open class has undergone seismic shifts recently, with Derek Lunsford claiming the prestigious title last November.
Hadi Choopan’s Redemption Path
The intensity Hadi Choopan brings to the stage is eagerly anticipated, fueled by the desire to leave an indelible mark after a title loss.
In a recent Instagram post, Hadi Choopan declared, “7 weeks out my brothers 🙅🏽🙅🏽🙅🏽,” setting the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable display of physique and prowess.
Samson Dauda’s Back Detail Transformation
Samson Dauda, the reigning champion, is not resting on his laurels. Acknowledging his lack of back detail as a focal point last year, Samson Dauda has made significant progress in this aspect of his physique.
With endorsements as the uncrowned Mr. Olympia from bodybuilding veteran Shawn Ray and an impressive track record, Samson Dauda’s update captioned “Bodybuilding in 2024 let’s get it started 🔥” reflects his eagerness to dominate the stage once again.
Marcello De Angelis: Aesthetics and Potential Trouble
Marcello De Angelis touted as one of the most aesthetic competitors, flaunts capped shoulders and a thin waist in his latest update.
Having tested his resolve against Samson Dauda with a third-place finish in the 2023 Romania Muscle Fest Pro, Marcello De Angelis brings classic lines, deep muscle separation, and a tight waist to the stage.
Counting out Marcello De Angelis could be a mistake, as his combination of physical attributes has the potential to disrupt the plans of the top-tier threats on stage.
Rafael Brandao’s Resilience
Rafael Brandao, a renowned Brazilian bodybuilder, faced an unforeseen health battle with Dengue fever in 2023, leading to a temporary hiatus.
Neckzilla’s Potential Entry
In addition to the confirmed competitors, fans anticipate a solid showing from Rubiel ‘Neckzilla’ Mosquera.
However, visa issues have left his participation in the event unconfirmed as of this writing.
The Grand Stage: Columbus, Ohio
The 2024 Arnold Classic is scheduled to take over Columbus, Ohio, from February 29 to March 3, hosted at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Ohio Expo Center.
As the bodybuilding community eagerly awaits the 2024 Arnold Classic, the updates from Hadi Choopan, Samson Dauda, Marcello De Angelis, Rafael Brandao, and potentially Rubiel Mosquera have heightened the anticipation.
The stage is set for a showdown of epic proportions, where these athletes will not only display their physical prowess but also showcase the spirit of resilience, determination, and sportsmanship that defines the world of professional bodybuilding.
Stay tuned as the countdown continues, and the Titans converge for a battle that will be etched in the annals of bodybuilding history.